The birth of a child is one of the most joyous events in a woman’s life. This joy, however, can be slightly tempered by the effects that pregnancy and nursing can have on a woman’s body. A physique that was once slender may now exhibit some loose skin and a lack of tone. For these women, board certified Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa Burgess, offers a suite of mommy makeover procedures, designed with mothers in mind.
The most frequent area that women have issues with after giving birth is, of course, the stomach. After the pressure of carrying a child, the skin on the midsection has become stretched and often does not return to its normal position and tautness. This is particularly visible after having multiple children, or twins. In this case, Dr. Burgess can perform a tummy tuck. This procedure is designed to remove the excess skin that may hang loosely from the stomach and to fix the abdominal muscles. By removing the excess tissue, Dr. Burgess is able to pull the remaining skin taut, creating a tummy that appears smoother and more toned.
Another problem some women encounter post-baby, is stubborn pockets of fat that may have developed during pregnancy. Oftentimes, these fatty deposits do not respond to diet and exercise and requires assistance with removal. They can show up on the midsection, thighs, and flanks most often for women who have given birth. To reduce these areas of fat, Dr. Burgess uses traditional liposuction and ultrasonic VASER Liposuction. In these procedures, fat is carefully removed from the problem site using a thin tube called a cannula. The result is a slenderer appearance with greatly diminished bulges and pockets of fat. Liposuction can be performed all over the body, from the midsection and thighs to the breasts and upper arms. Another option for these areas is CoolSculpting®. This is a non-invasive technique for fat reduction, with little to no downtime.
Typically, a mommy makeover can include breast abd tummy surgery, but other areas may be included. Ideal candidates for the mommy makeover procedure are mothers who experience sagging skin, uneven breasts, stretch marks, or excess fat in the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Candidates should be in overall good health, non-smokers, and done having children.
The mommy makeover procedure is typically performed on patients with BMIs of 30 or lower. Maintaining a stable weight is important for this procedure, as gaining or losing a large amount of weight, similar to getting pregnant, will alter the appearance of your results.
Patients who are overweight may not be eligible for this procedure until they reach a weight they can maintain. Pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or any condition that contributes to blood thinning may disqualify a patient from becoming a mommy makeover candidate.
With this in mind, Dr. Burgess will assess your medical history and goals and determine during your initial consultation whether you are a candidate for the mommy makeover procedure or not.
The other area of the body women struggle with after pregnancy is the breasts. In many cases, due to breastfeeding, a woman’s breasts will begin to droop over time and after having a baby. In this case, a breast lift is commonly performed. In this procedure, loose skin is removed, and the remaining tissues are lifted to create breasts that are more youthful. In some cases, breast augmentation may also be incorporated into this procedure. This helps women who have also lost breast volume to reclaim it.
Like any other surgery, a mommy makeover does come with risks. Because this treatment involves the use of several different procedures, risks for the following conditions can include:
- Changes in skin or nipple sensation
- Inability to breastfeed
- Implant rupture or leakage
- Fat necrosis
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Cardiac complications
- Fat embolization
- Anesthesia risks
Although these risks are rare, it is important that mommy makeover candidates are aware of them. Under Dr. Burgess’s care, however, patients can expect a high-quality procedure that prioritizes their safety and comfort, making it easy to manage post-surgery side effects and avoid complications.
Recovery after the mommy makeover procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on how many procedures are performed, but it can take an average of four to six weeks for most patients to recover from their procedure. However, full recovery may take up to a year.
After surgery, it is normal for patients to feel swelling, tenderness, and slight discomfort in their body when making movements. These side effects usually disappear within seven to ten days. Elastic bandages, support bras, and compression garments can prevent swelling and bleeding in the treated areas. Patients should avoid rigorous activity and prioritize rest to aid in healing during recovery.
Following Dr. Burgess’ aftercare instructions will help with a complication-free recovery.
These mommy makeover procedures are often performed several months after giving birth and after you have stopped breast feeding. If you plan on becoming pregnant in the future, it may be best to delay these procedures until after that pregnancy. This will ensure that the slimming and toning effect of your mommy makeover is maintained.
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"Dr Burgess and her staff do a very good job. They were always available to answer my questions and helped me feel comfortable before the surgery. They were also very helpful post-surgery. Great job!!!"
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If you believe now is the time for you to get your pre-pregnancy body back, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with us to learn more about how the mommy makeover can benefit you. Click here or call 503-699-6464 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Burgess in Lake Oswego, OR.